Saskatoon neighbourhood bands collectively to help Muslim man after racist assault

A Saskatoon community gathers around a Muslim neighbor who was victim of a racist attack in late June.

Muhammad Kashif said that since the attack, he and his family have had difficulty feeling safe after being attacked so close to their home.

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“Wherever you go you will find some good people, some bad people. That happens, but after that I find that a lot of people come out and support me, ”he said.

He said teachers from his son’s school and community members showed their support. The newest; three neighbors organize the Eastview Walk Against Hate on Tuesday evening.

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Laurel Lindgren is friends with the Kashif family. She said she took Muhammad’s attack personally.

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“Mr. Kashif’s family represents my family and the families that are here in Eastview and that extend beyond our city,” she said, adding that she wanted to show Kashif that any hatred is not welcome.

“Not only does everyone deserve to feel safe in our church and in every church, but that the people in our church feel celebrated,” she said.

“My message is that he is celebrated and his family is precious and important and everyone in our community deserves to feel safe.”

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For Kashif, she said the support he has received since the attack helped him heal.

“That helps me … make me a little strong,” he said.

The hike begins Tuesday at 7 p.m. in James Anderson Park

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